Meadow Orchard Project
A community group that has taken on a 29 year lease of a 1.5 acre disused site owned by the NHS behind a health centre.
The Meadow Orchard Project is a community group that has taken on a 29 year lease of a 1.5 acre disused site owned by the NHS behind a health centre, that is designated Metropolitan Open Land. The group have established food growing with annual and perennial beds, a polytunnel and forest garden with fruit trees, nut trees, shrubs and perennial herbs. They are protecting two-thirds of the site as wildlife conservation through managing the different habitats, such as mowing the meadow grassland twice a year, cutting back bramble scrub and transplanting saplings. They have also created a large wild-life pond and have a top-bar bee-hive.
There are plans to build an eco-hut shelter utilising local sustainable and reclaimed materials that will be a classroom and meeting/events space, as well as a warm shelter for volunteers. This will incorporate an earth oven,food prep area, outside social space with a fire circle and a picnic area. Regular courses are run on permaculture related themes such as forest gardening, introduction to permaculture, scything and natural building.